Lisa Bermudez discovered the yoga practice through her lifelong passion and appreciation for the body and movement. She completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC, her 300 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Yogamaya New York, various Bhakti Yoga-focused studies at The Bhakti Center, and portions of Yoga Vida NYC's 300 Hour Advanced Trainings. She believes that yoga helps us create a deeper connection to ourselves, which in turn allows us to navigate through this world with a focus on living life to its fullest potential. This life is about balance, acknowledging and working with deep, extreme emotions, and using the yogic tools to dig deeper so we can go higher.
What do I do best?
I don’t know if it’s something to be proud of, but I’m best at taking action and making things happen. This is a great quality that’s always served me well when things are thought out and planned out, but it doesn’t always work out in my favor when I jump into something without weighing out all of the positives and negatives. When I get something stuck in my head, I have to see it though until it fully manifests.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I learn from my mistakes. It’s true when we hear that something (a person or a situation) will keep showing up in our lives until it teaches us what it has to teach us. I try to see everything as a learning experience and as a way to help me step deeper into myself.
What are my aspirations?
My PERSONAL aspirations are to not be so hard on myself and overthink the situations that didn't work out in my favor. I'm really stubborn, which works out great when it comes to business and getting certain things done, but on a personal level, it can be difficult to let certain experiences just roll off my shoulder. I'm currently trying to find peace through all learning processes and not get too caught up when I don't achieve something right away or understand why life is giving me the total opposite of what I asked for.
My BUSINESS goals are currently focused around a beautiful non profit that I'm secretary for called Souljourn Yoga. We're a non profit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for girls’ education across the globe. We mainly do this via yoga retreats to countries where we partner with a non profit on the ground that’s working directly with the girls (building schools, dorms, homes, etc). $300-$500 of each participants retreat payment is donated to the local non profit and we always spend 1-2 days with the girls. Some of our goals are to match each donation to the girls, to continue to have willing instructors co-lead our retreats (when an instructor co-leads a retreat, they’re 100% volunteering their time), and to have an on-going connection with the girls we meet by returning to each non-profit, organizing feminine health workshops, and providing them with tools for relaxation and stress management. We're dedicated to using our platform as yoga instructors to work towards giving back to something greater than our own personal day-to-day workday goals and inspire others to do the same.
My Biggest Success?
The first one is actually making a career out of teaching yoga. It's easy to get discouraged and lost in the drama, competition, and chaos of the growing industry, but I've always tried to spin that into a positive direction and use it as a way to move forward and grow. When the yoga practice is your lifestyle, your hobby, your outlet, AND your career, there is a lot of grey area for things to get messy. I've always tried to keep my head up and set healthy boundaries for what I need to do to stay physically and mentally healthy.
My second biggest success was getting my license to skydive. Like yoga, it's something that completely transforms your life and changes the way you set goals, standards, and manage extreme emotions. Getting involved and staying in the sport of skydiving goes beyond just having fun, as it's an ongoing experience that has the ability to transform so many other elements in life.
My Most Challenging Moment?
I always have trouble answering this question because as human beings, we're constantly faced with daily challenging moments. Especially when you work in a big, populated city like New York, most of us encounter so many extremes on such a daily basis. I sometimes feel that I can't name one specific moment because once those moments are over, life usually has a way of showing us how that challenge only existed to show us how strong we can be when we need to be and how once it's over we also have the ability to navigate our lives much better because of it.
“If you make that leap and say ‘Ok, I’m going for the good time, I’m gonna have some fun’, you’ll find you’ll succeed at whatever you do - whether its making music or making pottery or being a construction worker and making things with wood - go ahead and do it. You’ll really enjoy it and you’ll probably succeed at it. As a matter of fact, maybe its a law - maybe it’s a law of karma, maybe this is the way god has it planned - that if you take that existential leap as they call it, or just make that leap and say ‘I’m gonna do what I want’ maybe you automatically succeed. Maybe that’s the secret that humanity is waiting to discover - that everyone can take that leap across reality and say ‘I’m gonna do what I want’ and they will succeed because the vibrations of the cosmos are set up that way.”
My Favorite People/Role Models?
always my parents
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
anywhere in nature (sky, ocean, woods)
My Favorite Products/Objects?
a good non-slip yoga mat and my skydiving gear
My Current Passions?
yoga, girls' education, philanthropy, skydiving, hiking, the beach at sunrise and sunset, camping, new adventures